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Board awards 3 contracts for repairs Work addresses safety concerns

Three contracts, totaling roughly $7.5 million, were awarded Tuesday night for ongoing repairs and renovations to 13 schools in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District.

The bulk of the work, which began last summer, is on health- and safety-related projects in the district's aging schools; Holmes Elementary School, built in 1964, is the newest. Completion is projected for the summer of 2014.

State aid covers 91 percent of the $58.5 million in projects; district reserves will pick up the balance.

"The bids came in where we expected them to come in," Alan McNiff, project manager for Campus Construction Management Group, told the School Board on Tuesday. Many contracts for the upcoming phase were rebid after the initial responses, opened in February, came in too high.

The School Board awarded a contract worth approximately $3.6 million, for general contracting, to Rodems Construction of Orchard Park, which was among three bidders.

A contract of more than $2.2 million, for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, was awarded to Mollenberg-Betz of Buffalo, which was among four bidders. And the third contract, for almost $1.7 million in electrical work, was awarded to Frey Electric Construction of the Town of Tonawanda, the lowest of three bidders.

Work scheduled to be done includes asbestos removal and ensuring compliance with the American With Disabilities Act, said School Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro.

Still to be awarded is a plumbing contract. Most of that work involves the filtration system of the pool at Kenmore West High School, McNiff said, and isn't scheduled to be done until next spring.

Roofing bids will be opened next week, McNiff noted. That work is scheduled for Kenmore West, Kenmore Middle and Lindbergh Elementary schools.

The roof at Lindbergh was severly compromised during a wind storm last summer, according to Mondanaro. "We have had to put other work aside so we can get that roof repaired," he said.

Other projects anticipated at the district's eight elementary schools are being reconsidered, as district officials try to determine which one would be recommended for closing in the 2013-14 school year. That likelihood has been mentioned repeatedly this year; a recommendation from the superintendent is expected no later than mid-August.